Reception

Monday 1 June 2020


I hope everyone has had the opportunity to enjoy the good weather over the bank holiday week and that everyone is safe and well.

Our new topic for the next 3 weeks is going to be “The Hungry Caterpillar -Minibeasts.”  We are going to be finding out about the lifecycle of a butterfly and we will be looking out for other minibeasts too.

Literacy

Phonics– Complete phonic work on Activelearn. If you think your child has mastered their existing phonic letters, please message me on Seesaw and I will adjust.

Reading 

  • Using your Activelearn login, please hear your child read 1 or 2 Bug Club books on your child’s account. Look out for the yellow circle with a bug head in. By pressing this you will be asked a question about the book you have read.
  • Make flash cards for the following groups of words:

Group 1 – a, in, we, is, and, it, the, I, he, was, to

Group 2- of, they, are, went, my, on, she, can, said, you, at

Group 3 – this, me, up, get, go, no, all, come, see, like, for 

  • Continue to practice these keywords. Treat the words as sight words- words that can’t be sounded out. Encourage the children to recognise the words as a picture. Play word hunt and use them as flashcards to practise regularly.
  • If children are confident with words, take 3 words at a time and try learning how to spell.
  • To give me information on how your child is getting on with this task, please could you fill in the record sheet on Seesaw- Activities. 

Writing 

To encourage writing skills. I though it might be good for children to write their news and send it to me through Seesaw. This usually includes a picture and 2 or 3 sentences. (See Seesaw for an example)

Letter formation

We are going to practise writing the keywords    a, in, we, is, and, it, the

Maths

  • Continue with work on numbers to 10 or numbers to 20, depending on how your child is managing. (See activity on Seesaw)- 5 mins. 
  • Complete Maths work on Seesaw.
  • Practise learning the days of the week using the YouTube clip above.
  • Begin to be aware of counting to 100 by watching this short clip. Children are encouraged to move but are also hearing and seeing numbers counting to 100
  • Complete individual maths record on Seesaw-activities to allow me to see how your child is doing.
  • Play “Seashack Challenge” on Activelearn – adding under 20.

Topic  “The Hungry Caterpillar- Minibeasts”-  week 1 of 3

Over the next 3 weeks, our topic will be “The Hungry Caterpillar – Minibeasts”

On the Seesaw activities page, I have put a video of “The Hungry Caterpillar” for the children to listen to.

Try to complete 4-5 activities over the next 3 weeks. Again, take photos, make videos to record and upload onto Seesaw.

Week 1

  • Children could turn the sound down on the video recording and tell the story in their own words to match the pictures. This has been very impressive with other stories and showed really good sequencing and language skills.
  • Understand and complete a butterfly lifecycle diagram on Seesaw.
  • Watch to find out more about butterflies…
  • Make a model of a caterpillar use egg cartons, paper chains, pom poms or paper plates . Click here for ideas.
  • Look outside and try to find a caterpillar or a butterfly.

Week 2 and 3

  • Children to watch this Minibeast Adventure

This is quite a long clip but introduces children to many different minibeasts and where you can find them. It also has ideas for making a minibeast hotel, ladybird homes, butterfly feeders, minibeast tumble trap etc.  (apologises there are ads to skip)

  • Make one of the following minibeast hotel, ladybird homes, butterfly feeders, moth screen
  • Make a minibeast obstacle course.  Scramble like an ant, climb over obstacles like a spider, pull yourself on your tummy to go under a sheet or to go down a slide, like a slug. Jump on the spot or a trampoline and flutter like a butterfly or a moth.  Make a web with wool to climb through. Jump like a cricket. Use your imagination.
  • Listen to and/or make a dance up to the song “Ugly Bug ball” or “Flight of the Bumble Bees”
  • Find out what a habitat is (link with work on Elephants) and think of different habitats you can look for minibeasts in. All habitats provide shelter, water and food. 
  • Make a minibeast kit bag. Include a some small see through Tupperware box would be good for a closer look. A magnifying glass maybe useful too. Include a pad of paper for drawing and recording your results.  (Make sure you put the minibeasts back where you found them)
  • Make a tally chart of the minibeasts you find (see Seesaw) The results could also be turned into a simple graph. (see seesaw)
  • Go on a minibeast hunt in your garden or a local nature area that is open. You will find different minibeasts depending on where you look e.g. woods, gardens, ponds, fields, rivers and lakes. 
  • Make a model of your favourite minibeast.  A lady bird / spider could be made from a pompom and pipe cleaners. You could make other minibeasts with toilet rolls, egg boxes and cereal boxes. Make a minibeast from playdough.
  • Make a symmetrical butterfly with paint. Draw or paint pictures of minibeasts.
  • Make a simple fact file about your favourite minibeast. Include a drawing and label its legs, wings, outside skeleton, eyes and antennas. Maybe you have chosen a worm, slug or snail which has a water skeleton.

Monday 18 May 2020


A big thank you for the response to our Elmer fortnight. It was great to see the work you have shared with me.  We have created a very colourful and amazing herd of milk bottle elephants.  

This week we will be having a “Book Week”, where we look at a favourite book that you have at home.

Book week – Week 1 of 1

  • Choose a favourite book, which you really enjoy reading and listening to.
  • Have a reading session with Mum, Dad or sibling and read the book through again.
  • Draw a picture of the main character in the story. Can you think of some words to describe this character? e.g. fun, brave, miserable, happy, magical.  
  • Ask for these words to be written down for you. Can you copy these words around your picture?
  • On a different piece of paper. Think about why you like this book. Is it because of the pictures? Is it because it is exciting? Is it because it is about something you like doing yourself?  Again write 2 -3 short sentences to explain why you like the book.  Who else do you think would like this book? (These sentences can be copied if need be) See Seesaw activities for guidance.
  • Children could make a video showing me the book and their work and explain why they enjoyed it.

Extra activity for those who can’t choose one book: Make a top 5 of your favourite reading books. Number 1 being your favourite.  

Literacy

Phonics– Complete phonic work on Activelearn. If you think your child has mastered their existing phonic letters, please message me on Seesaw and I will adjust.

Reading 

Using your Activelearn login, please hear your child read 1 or 2 Bug Club books on your child’s account. Look out for the yellow circle with a bug head in. By pressing this you will be asked a question about the book you have read.

Make flash cards for the following groups of words:

Group 1 – a, in, we, is, and, it, the, I, he, was, to

Group 2- of, they, are, went, my, on, she, can, said, you, at

Group 3 – this, me, up, get, go, no, all, come, see, like, for 

Use last week’s flash cards and continue to practice these keywords. Treat the words as sight words- words that can’t be sounded out. Encourage the children to recognise the words as a picture. Play word hunt.

If children are confident with words, take 3 words at a time and try learning how to spell.

Letter formation

We are practising writing the phonic sounds: ch, sh, th, ng and qu
Can you think of 5 words that begin with these sounds?

Maths

  • Continue with work on numbers to 10 or numbers to 20, depending on how your child is managing. (See activity on Seesaw)- 5 mins. 
  • Complete Maths adding sums on Seesaw.
  • Children to begin looking at coins. Show the children a 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1 and £2. 
  • Children could place the coins behind paper and do rubbings of them using pencils or crayons.
  • Play Starfish Strike on Activelearn – recognising different coins

Sumdog Challenges- Maths and Spelling.

Monday 11 May 2020


This week we are continuing on our Elmer topic. So far, I have seen some amazing  “Milk bottle Elmers” and Rainbow Scavenger hunt results. I’ve also enjoyed seeing and hearing the research children have found out about  Elephants. Thank you for your involvement at this difficult time.

Literacy

Phonics– Complete phonic work on Activelearn. If you think your child has mastered their existing phonic letters, please message me on Seesaw and I will adjust.

Reading 

Using your Activelearn login, please hear your child read 1 or 2 Bug Club books on your child’s account. Look out for the yellow circle with a bug head in. By pressing this you will be asked a question about the book you have read.

Continuing children’s reading is important. If a child is finding a book difficult, read the book daily for a few days. You could even take turns with reading alternate pages.  Please let me know via Seesaw if your child is struggling with their reading books.

  • Make flash cards for the following groups of words:

Group 1 – a, in, we, is, and, it, the, I, he, was, to

Group 2- of, they, are, went, my, on, she, can, said, you, at

Use last weeks flash cards to continue to practice these keywords. Treat the words as sight words- words that can’t be sounded out. Encourage the children to recognise the words as a picture. Play word hunt.

If children are confident with words, take 3 words at a time and try learning how to spell.

Letter formation

Letters formation to practise this week are p, k, x, i and j (See activity on Seesaw)

Maths

  • Continue to give little maths challenges verbally- If I have 2 sweets and I get given 2 more, how many? If I have 5 sweets and I take 2 away, how many do I have? 
  • Continue with work on numbers to 10 or numbers to 20, depending on how your child is managing. (See activity on Seesaw)- 5 mins 
  • Measure each person in your household. Order your family from tallest to shortest.
  • Draw a round your hand and cut out. Find 5 things that are longer than your hand. Find five things that are shorter.
  • Play “Toucan Team” on Activelearn.

Sumdog  Challenges – Maths and Spelling.

Topic- Week 2 of 2- Elmer/Colour

Over the next 2 weeks, our topic will be “Elmer/Colour.”

On the Seesaw activities page, I have put a video of “Elmer” for the children to listen to.

Try to complete 3-4 activities over the next 2 weeks. Again, take photos, make videos to record and upload onto Seesaw.

  • Children could turn the sound down on the video recording and tell the story in their own words to match the pictures. This was very impressive with the 3 Little Pigs and showed really good sequencing and language skills.

Do some research on Elephants. Watch:

Follow this link to watch Andy’s Wild Adventures with elephants on CBeebies

  • Can children draw an elephant and write / tell me some facts they have learnt? Show me on Seesaw.
  • Elmer learnt in the story that everyone is special and an individual.  
  • We also learnt that elephants live in herds. We have a herd too, our family and friends. 
  • Can children draw a picture of themselves with their family. This can include people who are not in your house at the moment, but they are important to you. Use photos if this works best.
  • Ask close members of your family to give words that describe or things they admire about your child.  Celebrate what is special about them.
  • If you have the printing ability at home, download ‘Elmer’ colouring pictures. They could also draw their own picture and colour in. 
  • Make a milk plastic bottle elephant. You can decorate your elephant with paint/ tissue paper/ material or any coloured paper in your house. I’m looking forward to seeing all the different special elephants. (Seesaw activity)
  • Using Duplo, Lego and recycled materials, can children make a world/ habitat for their milk bottle elephant to live in?   (Remember water /tinfoil for them to play in and grass and leaves for them to eat.)
  • Using paint, mix different colours together. Using the colours blue, red and yellow, can you make green, orange, purple and brown? Use the colours to make a big picture of Elmer. You could even make colourful butterfly symmetrical pictures.
  • Make potato prints by cutting a shape into the bottom of a potato. Can children make patterns using colours and shapes?
  • Can you make a colourful fruit salad for your family or a fruit kebab?  Children could help with cutting some of the softer fruit or they could help by putting the fruit on kebab sticks. 
  • I challenge you to put colour into your garden:
  • You could plant some seeds or plants to make your garden more colourful. This is also a good time to grow some vegetable seeds. Radishes are the quickest and are easy to grow.
  • You could paint a colourful design on a large stone. 
  • Do you have any other ideas of how you can bring colour into your garden? Please share.

Monday 4 May 2020


I have been amazed by all the work that has been shared with me in the last 2 weeks. The story of the “Three Little Pigs” will always have a special place in my heart from this moment on.  Thank you for your participation in activities at this difficult time.

Reception’s new topic for the next 2 weeks is “Elmer/Colour.”  Hopefully, the 2 week timespan will allow you to arrange 3-4 activities from the list.

Literacy

Phonics – I haven’t changed the phonics your child is working on using Activelearn. Without seeing your child working, I am finding this difficult to judge. If you think your child has mastered their existing phonic letters, please message me on Seesaw and I will adjust.

Reading 

  • Using your Activelearn login, please listen to your child read 1 or 2 Bug Club books on your child’s account.
  • Make flash cards for the following groups of words:

Group 1 – a, in, we, is, and, it, the, I, he, was, to

Group 2- of, they, are, went, my, on, she, can, said, you, at

After practising reading the cards, make a challenge by hiding the cards around the garden or house for children to find and read. (See activity on Seesaw)

If children are confident with words, take 3 words at a time and try learning how to spell.

Letter formation

Letter formation to practise this week are v, w, u and y (See activity on Seesaw)

Maths

  • Continue to give little maths challenges verbally- If I have 2 sweets and I get given 2 more, how many? If I have 5 sweets and I take 2 away, how many do I have? 
  • Continue with work on numbers to 10 or numbers to 20, depending on how your child is managing. (See activity on Seesaw)
  • Play “Reel It In” on Activelearn

Recognise triangles, circles, squares and rectangles (This skill has been covered in school)

Sumdog  Challenges- Maths and Spelling.

Topic- Week 1 of 2- Elmer/Colour

Over the next 2 weeks, our topic will be “Elmer/Colour.”

On the Seesaw activities page, I have put a video of “Elmer” for the children to listen to.

Try to complete 3-4 activities over the next 2 weeks. Again, take photos, make videos to record and upload onto Seesaw.

  • Children could turn the sound down on the video recording and tell the story in their own words to match the pictures. This was very impressive with the 3 Little Pigs and showed really good sequencing and language skills.

Do some research on Elephants. Watch:

Follow this link to watch Andy’s Wild Adventures with elephants on CBeebies

  • Can children draw an elephant and write / tell me some facts they have learnt? Show me on Seesaw.
  • Elmer learnt in the story that everyone is special and an individual.  
  • We also learnt that elephants live in herds. We have a herd too, our family and friends. 
  • Can children draw a picture of themselves with their family. This can include people who are not in your house at the moment, but they are important to you. Use photos if this works best.
  • Ask close members of your family to give words that describe or things they admire about your child.  Celebrate what is special about them.
  • If you have the printing ability at home, download ‘Elmer’ colouring pictures. They could also draw their own picture and colour in. 
  • Make a milk plastic bottle elephant. You can decorate your elephant with paint/ tissue paper/ material or any coloured paper in your house. I’m looking forward to seeing all the different special elephants. (Seesaw activity)
  • Using Duplo, Lego and recycled materials, can children make a world/ habitat for their milk bottle elephant to live in?   (Remember water /tinfoil for them to play in and grass and leaves for them to eat.)
  • Using paint, mix different colours together. Using the colours blue, red and yellow, can you make green, orange, purple and brown? Use the colours to make a big picture of Elmer. You could even make colourful butterfly symmetrical pictures.
  • Make potato prints by cutting a shape into the bottom of a potato. Can children make patterns using colours and shapes?
  • Can you make a colourful fruit salad for your family or a fruit kebab?  Children could help with cutting some of the softer fruit or they could help by putting the fruit on kebab sticks. 
  • I challenge you to put colour into your garden:
  • You could plant some seeds or plants to make your garden more colourful. This is also a good time to grow some vegetable seeds. Radishes are the quickest and are easy to grow.
  • You could paint a colourful design on a large stone. 
  • Do you have any other ideas of how you can bring colour into your garden? Please share.

For the Reception Newsletter from 20th April, click here.

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